This year my New Year Resolution fits with the mindfulness that I'm trying to embrace in my life to reduce stress and anxiety, so not only will it benefit my body, it should benefit my mind as well.
I've decided to do something which I've known for a long time is good for me, but I didn't really make the effort.
Every week I am going for a walk!
Sounds simple, I know, but actually getting out, whatever the weather, for just 30 minutes of daylight and fresh air is something I just didn't manage before. There was always an excuse. Something else to do, daughter reluctant to be dragged out, too cold, too wet, too difficult.
So, since Jan 1st I have been for a walk every weekend. I've been to some local gardens (dragging daughter 10 feet behind me), I've been to Dunham Massey Park (bribed daughter with chocolate cake in cafe at end), I've been to Lyme Park with friends and best of all, I can fit in a 30 minute walk whilst daughter is at Pony Club on Sundays.
It really seems to work. A bit of daylight, the wind (and sometimes rain) on my face reconnects me with the world and puts problems in perspective. Hopefully, as the weather improves I'll be able to do more and will reap even more benefits.